Atlanta Falcons News and Rumors

  • Falcons plan to name Dan Quinn head coach on Tuesday

    Falcons plan to name Dan Quinn head coach on Tuesday

    profootballtalk.com Updated 10 hours ago
    The worst-kept secret in the NFL will no longer be a secret in a few days. Per multiple sources, the Falcons currently plan to name Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn the new head coach in Atlanta. Quinn, 44, succeeded Gus Bradley in 2013. He came…
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  • Falcons owner Arthur Blank elaborates on coaching search, front…

    Falcons owner Arthur Blank elaborates on coaching search, front-office structure

    ESPN.com Jan 30 (yesterday)
    Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank took a few moments to address a variety of topics during a phone interview with ESPN.com on Friday. First and foremost, Blank discussed the process of the coaching search, which is just about complete. The Falcons are …
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  • K.J. Wright on Dan Quinn: “In this business, you always want gu…

    K.J. Wright on Dan Quinn: “In this business, you always want guys to reach the top”

    profootballtalk.com Jan 30 (yesterday)
    It’s widely assumed Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will become the Falcons’ head coach after the Super Bowl. Asked Thursday how Seattle’s players viewed Quinn’s potential departure, outside linebacker K.J. Wright offered a reasoned view of lif…
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  • Chargers add Mike Nolan as linebackers coach

    Chargers add Mike Nolan as linebackers coach

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29 (2 days ago)
    The Chargers added some experience to their coaching staff, landing former Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to coach their linebackers. He replaces Joe Barry, who left to become Washington’s defensive coordinator. “Mike is a tremendous coach wit…
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  • Falcons could keep running backs coach Gerald Brown

    Falcons could keep running backs coach Gerald Brown

    ESPN.com Jan 29 (3 days ago)
    Another member of the previous Atlanta Falcons coaching staff could remain with incoming head coach Dan Quinn. Running backs coach Gerald Brown, who interviewed for the same position in Oakland, is not going to join the Raiders' staff, according to sour…
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  • Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn doesn't focus on Falco…

    Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn doesn't focus on Falcons job

    yahoo.com profootballtalk.com Jan 28 (3 days ago)
    PHOENIX – It must be a little strange for Dan Quinn, having two important jobs on his mind this week. The Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator is going to be the next head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons part isn’t official, because he can’t…
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  • Report: Richard Smith joining Raheem Morris on Falcons staff

    Report: Richard Smith joining Raheem Morris on Falcons staff

    profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Jan 26 (5 days ago)
    The Falcons continue to keep busy while waiting to officially make Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn their new head coach. Albert Breer of NFL Media reports that Redskins defensive backs coach and former Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris has ve…
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  • Mike Tice thankful for chance with Falcons, but ready to move o…

    Mike Tice thankful for chance with Falcons, but ready to move on

    ESPN.com Jan 26 (6 days ago)
    It could have been a messy divorce based on the circumstances. Instead, Mike Tice made sure it was an amicable parting of ways with the organization that got him back in the game. Tice, formerly the Atlanta Falcons' offensive line coach, was first told …
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  • Saints come up big in Pro Bowl, with assist from Falcons

    Saints come up big in Pro Bowl, with assist from Falcons

    ESPN.com Jan 25 (6 days ago)
    The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons aren’t exactly “besties.” But when Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan needed a touchdown late in Sunday night’s Pro Bowl, he didn’t let the NFC South’s oldest rivalry get in his way. On fourth-and-goal from the 1-ya…
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  • Sources: Wade Harman to be Falcons' tight ends coach

    Sources: Wade Harman to be Falcons' tight ends coach

    ESPN.com Jan 25 (7 days ago)
    The Atlanta Falcons will name former assistant offensive line coach Wade Harman the team's next tight ends coach, according to multiple league sources. Harman, who worked alongside offensive line coach Mike Tice last season, came to the Falcons in 2014 …
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  • Pro Bowler Devin Hester happy to have coach Keith Armstrong bac…

    Pro Bowler Devin Hester happy to have coach Keith Armstrong back in fold

    ESPN.com Jan 22
    Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl return specialist Devin Hester has the utmost respect for Keith Armstrong, so the last thing Hester wanted to see was his special-teams coordinator end up with another team. That won't be the case, as Armstrong is set to return …
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  • Teryl Austin already back on the job for the Lions

    Teryl Austin already back on the job for the Lions

    Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin has had two interviews with the Falcons, and the Falcons haven’t “hired” a head coach yet, so he’s technically still a candidate. But since no one believes that the Falcons are going to do anything but “hire” Sea…
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  • Falcons' coaching staff starting to take form

    Falcons' coaching staff starting to take form

    The Atlanta Falcons don't even have their head coach yet, officially. However, the pieces of the coaching staff are starting to fall in place with each passing day. Once Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is named the Falcons' next coach a…
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  • Report: Mike Smith expected to interview with Raiders

    Report: Mike Smith expected to interview with Raiders

    The Oakland Raiders already picked up one former member of the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff by hiring Mike Tice to coach the offensive line under new head coach Jack Del Rio. The Raiders may now be eying another Atlanta cast-off to take control of the…
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  • A Closer Look at the Retractable Roof of Atlanta's Bonkers New …

    A Closer Look at the Retractable Roof of Atlanta's Bonkers New Stadium

    deadspin.com Jan 20
    Remember when the Atlanta Falcons announced they'd be building a new stadium—using a boatload of public money—that would be crowned with a retractable roof? The architects of the $1.2 billion project recently passed along a new fly-through of the design…
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  • Falcons keep defensive line coach Bryan Cox

    Falcons keep defensive line coach Bryan Cox

    The Falcons can not, and legally do not have a deal for Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to become their head coach. But it just so happens that they keep filling their head coach-less coaching staff with guys who know him. According to Alex Mar…
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  • Pete Carroll wishes team success wouldn’t hurt assistants in ge…

    Pete Carroll wishes team success wouldn’t hurt assistants in getting head coaching jobs

    All signs are pointing toward the Atlanta Falcons being willing to wait an additional two weeks for Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to become available to hire as their next coach. The Falcons conducted their second interview with Quinn…
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  • Matt Ryan named to Pro Bowl

    Matt Ryan named to Pro Bowl

    A Boston College product will replace New England’s star passer in the Pro Bowl. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been added to the Pro Bowl roster, the club said Monday night. He takes the place of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who will not play in …
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  • Matt Ryan replaces Tom Brady at Pro Bowl

    Matt Ryan replaces Tom Brady at Pro Bowl

    ESPN.com Jan 19
    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was added to the Pro Bowl roster on Monday to replace Super Bowl-bound Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. It marks the third career Pro Bowl selection for Ryan, who also went to the Pro Bowl in 2010 and 2012. Ry…
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  • Video - Falcons' Coaching Staff Taking Shape 02:47

    Falcons' Coaching Staff Taking Shape

    Jan 26
    Vaughn McClure discusses Atlanta's decision to hire Raheem Morris and Richard Smith to its defensive coaching staff, and how they would be able to work with Dan Quinn if the Seattle defensive coordinator is hired to coach the Falcons.
  • Video - Late TD Lifts Team Irvin Over Team Carter 01:40

    Late TD Lifts Team Irvin Over Team Carter

    Jan 25
    Matt Ryan connected with Jimmy Graham on a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give Team Irvin a 32-28 Pro Bowl victory over Team Carter.
  • Video - Wheels In Motion For Falcons To Hire Dan Quinn 01:28

    Wheels In Motion For Falcons To Hire Dan Quinn

    Jan 20
    ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure says waiting is the hardest part for Atlanta, which can't hire Dan Quinn as its new head coach until after the Super Bowl.
  • Video - Falcons Expected To Hire Dan Quinn 01:13

    Falcons Expected To Hire Dan Quinn

    Jan 19
    Adam Schefter has the latest on the Falcons' coaching search and interviews with Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who is expected to be hired as head coach.

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